SOURCE: SafetyCulture.com.au | Reported by | 10:00am, Thursday 23 May, 2013
Google’s development of a wearable, hands-free, computer/camera/communication device is a major technological advance. As innovators in the field of cutting-edge Safety Management Systems, Can Google Glass Save Workers’ Lives? At the very least, can it help us manage worker safety more efficiently?
Location awareness via GPS that triggers appropriate alerts and messages. For example, you’re moving around in a large construction site and as you move from one ‘zone’ to another, you’re asked to confirm that you’re wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. Additionally, Safety Induction reminders can appear in the Glass display advising workers they require a refresher course or they need to renew a licence. Such inductions could even be undertaken there and then.
Sensory data feeds are becoming more commonplace in workplaces and as the cost of sensors continues to fall, confined space temperatures or air quality readings being captured on site could be fed to Google Glass, so the smallest changes in air quality or gas detection can be monitored by the workers in real time.
Real time data streams from the field can help decisions being made centrally. Workers in emergency services can stream video to other team members, to coordinate rescue and recovery efforts.
Training in the use of a piece of equipment or machinery could be guided by an educator following the progress of the trainee by seeing what they’re seeing, and offering guidance as they work.
A worker servicing or inspecting a piece of machinery may scan a barcode and have immediate access to that particular machine’s service history, manuals, Safe Work Method Statements or warnings of potential hazards.
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